Ransomware is a particularly the nasty type of malware which encrypts your files and holds them ransom until you make a payment. In this article, we give you a detailed explanation that what ransomware is, how it works and which software can help you protect against it best.
What is ransomware and why should you protect against it?
Ransomware is a kind of malware which locks you out of your device, preventing access until a sum of money is paid. This malware enters into your mobile phone through Trojan, which you may download by accident thinking it is another file.it also spread without any user action in the case of WannaCry.
WannaCry spread very quickly and was the highest profile example of ransomware. NSA leaked a vulnerability in a window and it takes advantage of it and damages 300000 computers in over 150 countries.
Another type of ransomware is Cerber. It infects your system through Trojan horse, then locks your files and asks for payment. You commonly affected by it by downloading pirated software or movies, and then only the hackers can decrypt your files.
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Other examples of ransomware are CryptoLocker, Petya, Bad Rabbit, AES-NI and Osiris. Individuals and businesses need to protect their data against ransomware with anti-ransomware software and they are growing more prevalent and costly each year. This year, there has been a 400% increase in new anti-ransomware. Protecting against known threats alone is not enough, you also have to protect against emerging threats and zero-day attacks.
The 5 best anti-ransomware tools for you to download on your PC
To protect from ransomware, you have to install an antivirus, along with some kind of protection against ransomware specifically, which may or may not be built into your antivirus. Some anti-ransomware are
- Acronis Ransomware protection
- Bitdefender anti-ransomware
- Ransomfree by cybereason
- Trend micro ransomBuster